Tunbridge Wells Squash Rackets Club is excited to announce they will be holding the first Tunbridge Wells Open squash tournament on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October 2014. The tournament will be organised by local businessman and TWSRC member, Colin Payne, who is the current British Open over 50’s Champion. The tournament will be sponsored by Ripples and Hansgrohe (premium brand for bathroom fixtures & showers) the tournament will feature 16 men and 16 women with world rankings between 100 and 300. The tournament forms part of the closed professional circuit which are specifically aimed at aspiring up and coming professional players.
This is an exciting news for TWSRC to host a professional tournament providing members and guests the opportunity to watch some high quality squash as some of the world’s top young players battle for valuable world ranking points.
At the age of 25 Colin’s dream of being a professional sportsman became a reality and he enjoyed a rewarding 6 year career as a professional squash player, rising to a highest ranking of 48 in the world. Colin has been national over 40 champion twice and has represented England at over 35’s and over 40’s, as well as captaining the national team at over 40’s. Now 52, Colin competes in the men’s over 50’s category
For Colin, as an ex-professional player and owner of Ripples, explains “I know how hard it is when you are a new professional trying to get points to move up the world ranking, so you can compete against the very best. I feel honoured to be in a position where I can put something back into the sport I love by using my company to sponsor the event and at the same time support TWSRC and its members, is just fantastic. I am sure everyone who comes and watches will be impressed by the skill, speed, stamina and agility of the players.” There are four rounds across the two days. On Friday the first round will start at 11.00am and finish at 3.30pm; the quarter finals will start at 6.30pm and finish at 9.30pm. On Saturday the semi-finals will start at 11.45am and finish 1.30pm; the finals will start at 5.00pm, finish at 7.00pm and will be followed by a presentation.
Please come along and watch some of the exciting squash.